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John Burchell
11-10-2009, 05:40
In February 2008 some one probably in the UK brought on Ebay the builders plaque from HMML 115.

I have tried all avenues to try to track the buyer down but have failed.

If any one reading this thread has any information would you please get in touch.

Thank you for your time John

jbryce1437
13-10-2009, 14:34
Best of luck with your search John.

Jim

John Burchell
13-10-2009, 23:44
Thanks Jim.

I feel though I'm on a fools errand. :(

JB

Dreadnought
14-10-2009, 07:09
Hi John,

Just out of curiosity ... am I able to ask what is your interest in this plaque?

holmesb4
14-10-2009, 07:39
Can't help with the plaque but here is a little history:

ML_115 Solent Shipyard, Salisbury Green, Nr Southampton 18/9/40

For services during a fire on board and saving two shipmates (Gazette Date - 14/1/41)
BEM AB James Henry Huggett P/J103801
Known Crew

TLt Cecil Richard Godbehere RCNVR (Commanding Officer) 1945. Born 28/5/22
AB James Henry Huggett P/J103801

Wartime Activities
1/1/41 At Southampton for Training Duties and repairing
14/1/41 Damaged by fire
7/41 At Ardrishaig for training duties
10/44 At Campbeltown for training duties

Post War Fate
10/46 Sold

There are at least two pictures of the boat

John Burchell
14-10-2009, 08:29
Hi John,

Just out of curiosity ... am I able to ask what is your interest in this plaque?

Clive,
My father served the first couple of years on ML 115, he died in 1988 without being able to tell me much about his war service. Some years ago I figured not many of the training establishments of WW11 had any remembrance so I created a site for HMS Seahawk where ML 115 was based. Over the years it has grown thanks to many people contacting me and passing on information about their relatives that served at Seahawk. So my web site grew.
I then got in touch with Janet Penn who had a web site at Canvey Island, which had adopted ML 115 in warship week 1942. I found out that a museum was to be built and there would be a display created in memory of115.
I donated my fathers documentation from the official function to them. When I found out that the plaque from HMML 115 had been sold on ebay I cried to suddenly realise something still existed from the boat. If I can find it I would like to get it for the museum on Canvey Island, I think it would be a fitting place for it to finish up.

Long winded but thats a brief run down of what drives me. :(

All the best JB

Dreadnought
14-10-2009, 08:44
Thanks JB .... that wasn't long winded at all and I appreciate learning of the background. I sincerely hope you can track it down; it surely is, as you say, the most fitting place for it.

John Burchell
14-10-2009, 08:45
holmesb4,
Many thanks for the information.

Regards JB ;)

Dreadnought
14-10-2009, 09:00
I read with interest (Coastal Forces Heritage Trust Newsletter July 2008) that the Ship’s Bell from HMML115 was found in a scrapyard so who knows what else might turn up Jim.

Have you been in touch with Len Bridge’s widow?

John Burchell
14-10-2009, 10:01
Clive,

I am suitable stunned :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

I have sent a PM to you.

Regards JB:confused:

John Burchell
14-10-2009, 10:09
I read with interest (Coastal Forces Heritage Trust Newsletter July 2008) that the Ship’s Bell from HMML115 was found in a scrapyard so who knows what else might turn up Jim.

Have you been in touch with Len Bridge’s widow?

Have just read the news letter, not sure about the plaque but I don't think Coastal Forces Heritage Trust will part with the bell.

Another piece of the jigsaw takes place.

Many thanks for the inf JB ;)